Medium Promotes Winners; Medium Hates Losers

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
4 min readApr 27, 2020

Tell me if you’ve seen these posts — or similar ones — on Medium?

“How to become a Better Writer” to “How I made [XXX dollars] from Writing in [XXX days.]”

What about these bits of advice:

“You have to Write for Yourself,” or, “You have to Write for your Audience.”

And the classic,

“You have to Write every day,” to “Write whenever You have Time.”

A lot of posts on Medium contradicts each other, as I"ve just shown. How are you to be sucessful when posts contradicts each other?

The answer: you’re not, only a few are to be successful. Just enough people to make it look as if success is in your reach.

I think I’ve read a thousand posts (so you don’t have to) on “How to be Successful on Medium.” I’ve also read posts on everything from when to write to how often to write.

“Write for Yourself”, no, “Write for your Audience.” You need to build an email list to you don’t need an email list. “You need to Wake up at 5 a.m. to be Successful” to “You don’t need to Wake up Early to Succeed.”

And finally, place a Call-to-Action in your post to you don’t need a Call-to-Action in your post.

The one topic Medium surely isn’t lacking in are topics which contradict each other as I’ve just demonstrated.

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The one thing I’m tired of seeing are writers on Medium brag, I mean talk about how successful they are. In the next breathe they turn around and try to sell you a writing or coaching course. Sometimes they’re free but what they’re really after is your email address to add to their 20K, 50K, 100K, 150K email list.

Do I sound jealous? I’m not jealous in the least, in fact, I came into Medium with low expectations just as I’ve written here.

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer